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Giants’ roster moves: OL Damien Mama, WR Hunter Sharp added

Giants continue shuffling roster in search for healthy bodies

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Damien Mama
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The New York Giants officially filled the two open spots on their 53-man roster Tuesday, signing offensive lineman Damien Mama and kick returner/wide receiver Hunter Sharp.

The Sharp signing is something we learned about Tuesday morning. He was on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad, and will take the spot opened when Darius Powe was placed on IR with a broken foot. He played in one game for Denver this season, returning five punts for 55 yards.

Mama is a 6-foot-3, 342-pound rookie. An undrafted free agent out of USC, he was signed off the practice squad of the Kansas City Chiefs. He did not play in any regular-season games with Kansas City. He takes the spot vacated when the Giants waived defensive tackle Kyhri Thornton.

Here is part of a pre-2017 NFL Draft scouting report on Mama from Pro Football Focus:

“If Mama can play the game in a small area and lock onto a target he can not only lock up his defender but also generate movement and create space at the point of attack. However, his limited athleticism means that if he has to close much ground to his assignment or make a block on the move he struggles to be as effective. A strong 2016 season in pass protection shows his ability to play with power and shut down certain types of rushers but a lack of exposure to more speedy and agile rushers may lead to more flaws being exposed at the next level.”

The Giants filled out their practice squad by adding tight end Ryan O’Malley and cornerback Tim Scott. Scott began the season on the Giants’ practice squad, was activated for the game against the Los Angeles Rams, and was cut after that.